The White House announced today that they have nominated Jim Caswell to be the new director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Caswell is a former timber-friendly Forest Supervisor from the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho. He was an opponent of Clinton's efforts to protect roadless lands and has headed the Idaho Office of Species Protection, which in Idaho means the protection of loggers, miners, and ranchers against eastern liberals and elites.
He has decried the cost of critical habitat designation for endangered species and he champions local control over natural resources and the earth. He prefers that Idaho's chinook salmon should find a way to survive the dams. He does not favor wolves or grizzly bears or bull trout on the endangered species list, and has worked to remove them from that list. He has often mused about why animals can't just get along with people.
He will join former Idaho senator and governor, Dirk Kempthorne, at the Department of Interior. In his position as Director of the BLM, Caswell will oversee approximately one eighth of the United States.
The White House announcement is here; a statement by Kempthorne is partially reported here (Miami Herald).